Naturally, all sexually active individuals want to understand everything about the risk of HIV. That thought certainly applies to bisexual men. However, you may wonder if bisexual males should pay particularly close attention to HIV risk. There is the notion that as a bisexual man, you are at a greater risk of contracting HIV than a heterosexual person might be. Furthermore, you may also wonder if there is a heightened risk factor, and if that risk factor can be applied to your female partners.
These are concerns that are certainly worth addressing. At the very least, all bisexual men should understand the risk of HIV.
#Are Bisexual Men More Prone To HIV Risk?
In the first place, understand that the prevalence of HIV in bisexuals is much lower than that of gay men. You should also keep in mind that the prevalence of HIV in bisexuals is considerably higher than that of straight men. What this means is that although the risk is considerably lower than it is gay men, the risk is considerably higher when compared to heterosexual men. There are a number of reasons behind why bisexual men run a higher risk of HIV than gay men.
One of the biggest potential reasons concerns the bisexual stigma. Bisexuals face a particular harsh stigma in our society, perhaps even greater than that of gay men. For this reason, a bisexual man may not seek HIV treatment, particularly if they happen to still be in the closet. This stigma also compels bisexuals to seek sexual partners in situations that can potentially be dangerous. These situations can include encounters with random men, encounters with several men, or encounters with men that include alcohol and/or drugs.
In the end, social isolation (an alarming number of people do not even believe bisexuality to be a legitimate sexual orientation) and psychological disorder (depression) can compel an individual to engage in risky behaviors.
And what about bisexual men with female partners, in terms of the risk of HIV. This is where things can get a little complicated. At this moment in time, there is nothing in the way of concrete data to definitively suggest that female partners are a greater risk, when compared to women who only have sex with heterosexual men. Some studies strongly suggest that women face a greater HIV risk with bisexual male partners. Other studies claim there is little-to-no heightened risk for women who have bisexual male partners. We may never know for certain.